21 October 2014
Autonomous cars will be here sooner than you think. And if Audi get their way, those autonomous cars will be only too happy to take you on very fast laps of your favorite race circuits. Whether you find that experience exhilarating or utterly terrifying is another matter entirely, of course.
14 October 2014
Country manors, tranquil gardens, orangeries and grassland suggests a slow and relaxed way of life. Perhaps you might perambulate the garden in the late afternoon, possibly stopping to look at the lake and its trout. Which is all well and good, but if you like the occasional adrenaline thrill, then one way to improve the experience would be to traverse the garden at high speed - preferably drifting - in, say, a Rolls-Royce Wraith. Or at least, that's what these guys did. Mind the tree.
10 October 2014
With an announcement like today's you kind of forget that Tesla is still a relatively new car company. The Tony Stark-aping Elon Musk just revealed the D, and - as much of the internet guessed- it turned out to be a dual-motor Model S. That means four wheel drive for the first time and, much more enticingly, it means 691bhp and 687lb-ft of torque. That is, quite simply, ridiculous.
9 October 2014
Most car markers run competitions from time to time. Sometimes it's to win a branded cap, sometimes it's to win a car. Land Rover, however, has decided that giving away a car isn't quite a good enough prize. So, they've teamed up with Virgin Galactic to give away a trip to space for four friends.
8 October 2014
Innovative cars don't come around all that often. Which is not surprising, really, since cars have been around for over a century, and there have been a lot of very clever minds set on improving things. However, every now and then, you get a car that is refocused on what it is that we - that is, the people that actually buy cars - actually need and want. And at the moment, that includes efficiency, low running costs, and a unique design.
7 October 2014
So many cars get revealed at motor shows these days, it can be hard to keep up with what's new (that statement is assuming that not many cars were revealed at motor shows in years past. This is probably wrong). You will therefore be pleased and delighted (you will!) that I've collected highlights of the most important cars right here.
2 October 2014
You may remember the Volkswagen XL1. It was a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid that was relentlessly focused on fuel-efficiency. So much so that it looked like a spaceship in an effort to be as aerodynamic as possible - going so far as to replace the wing mirrors with tiny cameras. Which was all well and good - impressive even - but not exactly fun. But now VW has shoved a 200hp Ducati engine into the XL1 to create the XL Sport.
29 September 2014
Ofttimes, drugs we take can have strange, and sometimes funny, side effects. (How is this relevant to what is primarily a car blog? Bear with me for a moment...). They can make you hallucinate, they can numb pain, and they generally provide a slightly trippy experience. And I am of course talking about legal drugs here that, say, dentists use when you have a tooth out. Case in point, the 120m-view viral video 'David After Dentist'. The relevant bit is, obviously, the fact that David was in a car.
25 September 2014
MPVs are the beige jumper-wearing Grandads of the car world. Nice enough, with plenty of practical help, but not the last world in style or image. The arch-MPV, the Renault Espace, has always been a prime example. Very big, boxy and van-like, with lots of space for all that furniture and stuff you're always moving about. And it was about as desirable as a bootload of old Ikea furniture as a result.
10 September 2014
There was something called an "iPhone 6" revealed last night, from a small company called Apple. There was also an "Apple Watch" (which isn't powered by apples, sadly). It was a pretty low-key affair, so I wouldn't be surprised if you missed the news. Also revealed last night, at the same time, was a new sports car from Mercedes. The AMG GT. This is slightly more interesting.